Rozemerie Cuevas held the premier show for her new line JAC by Jacqueline Conoir last night at the Ferrari showroom. This year also marks the 25th anniversary for Jacqueline Conoir, an important milestone for any business, all the more so for a Vancouver-based fashion house. The fashion double-header featured the fall/winter 2011 collections for both the new JAC and the established Jacqueline Conoir. What stood out was with the emergence of the JAC collection that Jacqueline Conoir further strengthened its identity.
Jacqueline Conoir was an elegant and gentle parade of luxe suiting highlighted by stylized tweed-inspired print dresses and tops. The collection focused on three colour groups – grey, brown, and aubergine. The monochromatic styling accented the juxtaposition of wools and silks, yet it was obvious many of the pieces could blend in with any one of the other colour packages. Fabulous look was the high-waisted wide leg trousers and ruffle front bolero in a deep forest green. The Jacqueline Conoir woman is bringing back a romantic Hollywood heroine, think Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, when a woman didn’t leave home without her hat and gloves. After many seasons of the luxury sweat pant, this type of streamlined classical dressing is refreshing.
Jacqueline Conoir closed with a beautifully executed finale tableau of all black evening wear – mini and maxi versions of dresses, jumpsuits, tanks, cowl necks, bare backs, all in black jersey with sexy transparent panels of black mesh.
The new JAC line is the rebellious side to the much more serious Jacqueline Conoir. Biker jackets, liquid leggings, exposed zippers, box-cut tops, and harem-style pants all made an appearance. The palette remained neutral, mostly comprised of greys, black, and browns, with an occasional pop of burgundy. T-shirt and tunic dresses over skinny legged pant silhouettes were the mainstay but it was the micro-mini dresses, with voluminous tops paired with both boyfriend blazers and semi-bolero style blazers in silky, soft velvet that made a real statement for the new JAC girl.
The key note in both collections was definitely an ode to luxury, overtly in Jacqueline Conoir and more on the quiet side via the fabrics in JAC. Cuevas understands the DNA of her brand and with 25 years of experience, the younger sister brand will have more than she needs to make it in the ever changing fashion world.